Anastasia is a local writer, performer, and poet. In 2017 she published 3 books of poems and continued a two-year run of her one woman show, 9oz. In August of this year she took the role of Seattle’s second ever civic poet. Check out the article in Seattle Met here.
Knowing that this was about Anastasia’s poetry I knew I wanted to do a portrait that was close and intimate. Something that also captured Anastasia being relaxed and most importantly herself.
We met Hugo House here in Seattle where Anastasia is a former writer in residence, teaching adult classes for established and emerging writers. It was super bright outside that day so I checked inside first for a good location. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything I liked, so I decided to check out-back. That’s where I came across a really cool Jasmine plant that’s actually surrounding Anastasia in this photo.
Using a long lens, a low aperture, and a strobe as a fill flash, I soften the Jasmine around Anastasia turning it into a palate of color for a great background.
Here’s another image I like a lot. This portrait made it into the magazine’s contents section. As I mentioned earlier, it was super bright outside that day so I used a subtractive lighting technique with a strobe for fill-flash for this one. Using available light and a strobe on a low setting I was able to get a lot of great options for the art director.